Deep Waters hornpipe

Also known as The Deep Waters.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Deep Waters has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Deep Waters
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B>c|:d>B d>B g>f g>e|d>B d>B G2 B>c|d>d d>d e>d c>B|B2 A2 A2 B>c|
d>B d>B g>f g>e|d>B d>B G2 B>c|d>g f>g e>c A>F|1 G2 G2 G2 B>c:|2 G2 G2 G2 f>g||
|:a>b a>f d2 d>c|B>c d>e d2 f>g|a>b a>f d2 d>c|B>c d>e d2 g>e|
d>B g>e d>B g>e|d>B d>B G2 B>c|d>g f>g e>c A>F|1 G2 G2 G2 f>g:|2 G2 G2 G2||
X: 2
T: Deep Waters
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d>Bd>B g2 (3gfe|d>Bd>B G2 (3ABc|d2 ^cd e>d=c>B|(3BcB A2 A2 (3ABc|
d>B (3dcB (3gag f>e|d>^cd>B G2 B>=c|d>gf>g e>cA>F|G2 B2 G2:|
a2 a>f d2 f>a|g>a (3gfe d2 f>g|a2 (3agf d2 d>c|(3Bcd e>^c (2ded (3gfe|
d>Bg>e d2 g2|d>Bd>B G2 (3ABc|d>gf>g e>cA>F|G2 B2 G2:|

Five comments

Gan Aimn - Untitled Northumbrian Hornpipe

I heard this on some Northumbrian compilation years ago; it also appears in The Charlton Memorial Tunebook, simply entitled "Hornpipe".

Hornpipes breed in Northumbria, a place where lost causes and yesteryear’s musical and other fashions linger and replicate.
Some have no name. Maybe it’s because their composers looked out over a lanscape where every natural feature had already got a hornpipe called after it, and gave up…

In the ‘Charlton Memorial Tunebook’ it’s written without the dots and is a far better tune that way. Bar 3 in the ‘A’ music should read: | dBdB edcB | and bar 5 in the ‘B’ music is: | dBg2 dBg2 | with a trill on the top ‘g’ . I play this as the middle tune in between "The Sheffield Hornpipe" and "Miss Thompson’s Hornpipe" same book and all undotted.

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Deep Waters - English / Northumbrian tune

Thanks to Dow, I now know the name of this tune. He located an abc transcription of it in Kuntz’s on-line tune compendium "The Fiddler’s Companion", at:-

In Kuntz, the tune is presented as an English reel, its source being Raven’s "English Dance Tunes", 1984. No details are given of its older history, or why it should have been called Deep Waters.

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It has been the general practice by some to notate hornpipes without the swing,, or even triplets, which makes the trascript less dense and by some it was felt easier to read, the swing just assumed by those experienced in playing hornpipes… The lack of it, the dots and the swing, >, does not mean it wasn’t. Nowadays, as in North America, many people play hornpipes as if they were reels, straight. So, the choice of going either way is there. Choice is a good thing, meaning neither side of the issue, to swing or not, is absolute or ‘right’… That tendency to not notate it and the interpretation being taken as ‘straight’ could account for why some flings are now better known as reels… That and a good melody easily serving multiple uses… This can actually make a lovely schottische, swung… 😉

X: 1134
T: Deep Waters
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: schottische
K: G Major
|: (3ABc |
d>Bd>B g2 (3gfe | d>Bd>B G2 (3ABc | d2 ^cd e>d=c>B | (3BcB A2 A2 (3ABc |
d>B (3dcB (3gag f>e | d>^cd>B G2 B>=c | d>gf>g e>cA>F | G2 B2 G2 :|
|: f>g |
a2 a>f d2 f>a | g>a (3gfe d2 f>g | a2 (3agf d2 d>c | (3Bcd e>^c (2ded (3gfe |
d>Bg>e d2 g2 | d>Bd>B G2 (3ABc | d>gf>g e>cA>F | G2 B2 G2 :|